The Best Accidents in Film – Who knew mistakes could create movie magic?
March 22 marks National Goof Off Day. How do you celebrate National Goof Off Day? It’s simple: You can do anything you want… as long as it’s not what you’re supposed to do. In spirit of National Goof Off Day, DMG Entertainment highlights the top film moments created when things didn’t go according to plan. So whether you take work off or skip school, take a minute to see the best blunders on the silver screen.
Film: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
The Culprit: Chris Pratt
The Golden Goof: In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Chris Pratt gives the all-powerful orb to The Collector. As Pratt hands over the orb, he accidentally drops the film’s most dangerous object. Director James Gunn decided to keep the slip-up in the final cut, becoming one of the funniest scenes in film.
Give Me The Line Again!
Film: LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (2004)
The Culprit: Jim Carrey
The Golden Goof: When Klaus (Liam Aiken) reminds Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) that his parents died, Olaf provides a generic condolence until he stops himself and asks Klaus if he can redo his line. In fact, Carrey did forget his lines but remained in character when he asked for a redo. Director Brad Silberling thought the mistake better reflected the character’s eccentric and theatric personality, so he kept it in the film.
I’m Walking Here!
Film: MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
The Culprit: Dustin Hoffman
The Golden Goof: While Ratso (Dustin Hoffman) and Joe Buck (Jon Voight) walk through New York, a yellow cab nearly hits them. Hoffman smacks the cab’s front hood and yells, “I’m walking here!” When the cab drives away, Hoffman says to Voight, “Actually, that ain’t a bad way to pick up insurance y’know.” Although it’s a classic cinematic moment, the cab actually drove into the shot unexpectedly. Despite the potentially life-threatening situation, the ever-professional Hoffman stayed in character and used it to create movie gold.
Not So Stealth
Film: ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
The Culprit: John Belushi
The Golden Goof: When Flounder (John Belushi), Kent Dorphman (Stephen Furst) and Daniel Day (Bruce McGill) decide to “get even” with Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf), the trio breaks into Neidermeyer’s house to mock execute his beloved horse. As the drunken but trying-to-be-stealthy Flounder sneaks across the wet grass, Belushi hilariously wipes out and quickly recovers ninja-style. After director John Landis stopped laughing, he decided to keep the slip-up in ANIMAL HOUSE’s final cut.
I Can Walk!
Film: DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
The Culprit: Peter Sellers
The Golden Goof: Throughout DR.STRANGELOVE, Peter Sellers played three different characters, one being unusual, wheelchair-bound Dr. Strangelove. At the film’s conclusion, Sellers stands up and approaches the President with a plan, however Sellers forgot that his character cannot walk. To save the scene, Sellers suddenly yells, “Mein Fuhrer… I can walk!” Director Stanley Kubrick not only decided to keep the blunder in the final cut, but also used it as the film’s iconic last lines.
Film: ANNIE HALL (1977)
The Culprit: Woody Allen
The Golden Goof: Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) attends a house party with his girlfriend Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). After several partygoers offer Alvy and Annie some pure Colombian cocaine, they decide to try it. As Alvy inspects the cocaine, he violently sneezes and scatters the expensive drugs everywhere. Although the scene seems scripted, Woody actually sneezed by accident. He decided to leave the mistake in the film after a test audience found the scene hilarious.
Film: APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
The Culprit: Marlon Brando
The Golden Goof: APOCALYPSE NOW had many mishaps throughout production, but one unexpected situation stands out from the rest. Although Marlon Brando’s character was supposedly an athletically built renegade colonel, Brando showed up on-set overweight and unprepared. Due to Brando’s weight, Coppola and Brando had to reinvent the character. They changed his wardrobe, reworked his lines, and even rewrote the ending. Brando’s weight threw Coppola one hell of a curve ball, but their collaboration resulted in one of the most memorable and bizarre character’s in film history.
Sword vs. Gun
Film: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
The Culprit: Harrison Ford
The Golden Goof: While running through the Cairo bazaar, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) comes face to face with a skilled swordsman. The black-robed warrior smiles as he brandishes his blade and shows off his skills with flourish. How can Jones defeat such a skilled opponent? Originally, the scene called for an epic fight between the archaeologist and the swordsman. However, Ford got food poisoning the night before the scheduled action sequence. Rather than wait for Ford to fully recover, director Steven Spielberg decided to shoot the scene any way, thankfully for us. Instead of fighting the swordsman, Ford convinced Spielberg to try an alternate idea – a visibly weary Indy pulls out his revolver and shoots the guy dead. The scene became an instant classic, proving whether you have an epic fight, or have a choice of cuisine, sometimes simple is better.
The Helmet Kick
Film: LORD OF THE RING: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
The Culprit: Viggo Mortensen
The Golden Goof: Searching through the charred remains of orcs, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) believes Merry and Pippin are dead. Overcome with frustration and futility, Aragorn kicks a helmet and falls to his knees in hopelessness. If Aragorn’s pain seems convincing, it’s because the pain is real. When Mortensen kicked the helmet, he broke two of his toes. Although Mortensen was in immense pain, he played out the scene. Director Peter Jackson kept the mishap in the final cut, seeing as Mortensen’s psychical pain matched the raw emotion of the character.
Film: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)
The Culprit: The luckiest extra ever
The Golden Goof: After arguing with Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), John Malkovich storms off and angrily walks down the New Jersey Turnpike. As a car drives past Malkovich, a passenger shouts, “Hey Malkovich, think fast!” The passenger throws a beer can at Malkovich and nails him in the head. Malkovich release a sharp yelp, followed by a string of profanities. Why so much anger? Malkovich was primarily made because the beer can toss wasn’t part of the script. The extra was heavily drinking before shooting and thought it would be funny to throw a beer can at an A-list celebrity. While most directors would fire the insubordinate extra, Director Spike Jonze rewarded him. Not only did Jonze keep the shot in the film, but also Jonze increase the extra’s pay. Who knew assault could be so celebrated?
Film: THE GODFATHER (1972)
The Culprit: Lenny Montana
The Golden Goof: When Luca Brasi (Lenny Montana) congratulates Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) on his daughter’s wedding, Brasi gets choked up and can barely speak to the Don. What many don’t know is Lenny Montana actually choked up his lines. Although director Francis Ford Coppola knew Montana for being a real-life tough guy, what Coppola didn’t know was Montana idolized Brando. Montana was so nervous about acting with his favorite star that he couldn’t deliver his lines. While most directors would fire Montana, Coppola saw this mishap as movie magic. Coppola kept Montana’s bumbling dialogue and decided to add another scene that explains Brasi’s nervousness.
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